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WONTHAGGI Primary School students had
an incredible day in the sun recently, jump-
ing, running, and throwing, for the school’s
annual House Athletics day.
It was a great opportunity to show kids
the social and physical benefits of playing
sports, with students cheering on each other
throughout the day.
Physical education and sport coordinator
Will Rankin was pleased with student’s ef-
forts, congratulating them on high rates of
Both students and teachers participated
in the Teachers v Students race, but to the
dismay of students, the teachers took home
Principal Mark Chandler said he was
proud of all students who participated and
those who cheered on their classmates.
“I t’s about being active and participating.
We had music pumping the whole time. It’s
kind of like the T20 cricket kind of approach
to getting kids involved in athletics. ”
The day finished with an assembly to pres-
ent awards to the school’s finest athletes.
In the Championship Races, the winners
were, for the girls, Maya Fraser and for the
boys, Jai Williamson.
Blue house McCracken won the day with
501 points, followed by Abercrombie (red)
with 464 and Somerset (yellow) trailing close
behind on 452.
But Mr Chandler insisted it was more
about seeing kids enjoy themselves.
“We record kids’ results, but we don’t get
the tape measure out.
“We’re encouraging kids to participate,
have fun and get in the atmosphere of sup-
porting each other and wearing your co-
He also thanked the parents who helped
out on the day for the events, including with
the barbecue fundraiser.
THERE wouldn’t be a park run without vol-
unteers, which is exactly the case with many
of the sports and community activities we
And with National Volunteers Week being
celebrated from May 8 to 14, it’s an ideal
time to focus attention on the park run vol-
unteers, those fluoro -clad helpers who act as
timekeepers, marshals, tail-runners, token
recorders and, most important of all, the
day’s run director.
“We love to praise our volunteers but I hon-
estly don’t think we do it enough. We like to
see our park runners try and volunteer once
every 12 park runs that you participate in.
This not only keeps our event going strongly
but it also builds more of a community than
we already have at Inverloch parkrun,” said a
spokesperson for the weekly event.
“This week for parkrun #141, I found we
had a team of well experienced volunteers.
All who have gone above and beyond the rec-
ommended ratio of runs versus volunteer-
ing,” s aid this week’s park run director Kirby
Ireland, who has herself volunteered on more
than 25 occasions.
Here’s the record of support that this
week’s volunteers have contributed:
• Brooke Jones has participated in 24 park
runs and already volunteered for her third
• Greg Dell has participated in 38 park
runs and already volunteered for his sixth
• Neci Sutherland has participated in 30
park runs and already volunteered for her
• Sue O’Connell has participated in 57
park runs and already volunteered for her
• Grahame Treloar has participated in 101
park runs and already volunteered for his
• Shirley Dell has participated in 113 park
runs and already volunteered for her 14th
“Thank you to you all for such a tremen-
dous effort over your time at park run. We
hope to encourage some other park runners
who may feel unsure about volunteering to
have a chat with us. We will support you in
the chosen role and promise that you really
can’t break anything.
“Congratulations to Julian Walker on vol-
unteering 25 times. Julian, one of our regu-
lar RDs has volunteered in many roles; bar-
code scanning, finish tokens, timekeeper,
marshal, pacer and of course as run director.
Well done Julian! Soon you will be rocking a
purple shirt for 25 volunteers. ”
There were 93 runners/walkers last Satur-
day and there was a few sun showers. There
were seven who achieved personal bests.
Congratulations to Elka Harris, Adrian Da-
vies, Fiona Richardson, Kylie Davies, Lucy
Lonza, Nicki Liefting and Kate Sly; Kate, at
her second parkrun, also achieved first fe -
male finisher with a time of 21:05. Well done.
Congratulations to Grahame Treloar who
was presented last week with his 100th park-
run token shirt. What an achievement Gra-
ham. A wonderful asset to Inverloch park
run as mentioned above volunteering 12
The park run also got to present Maximil-
lan Brocklesby with his ‘Junior 10’. Max is
under 10 years old and already has a PB of
27:45. Fantastic effort and always competes
with a smile of his face.
Julian Walker and run director Kirby Ireland both received recognition last week for hav-
ing volunteered 25 times. Perhaps you’d like to come along each Saturday at the Inverloch
Rotary Shelter at 8am. m441817
Park Run volunteers rock!
A BEAUTIFUL sunny day proved a good omen
for yellow House, Clarke, as they took out top hon-
ours for the second consecutive year at Newhaven
College’s Junior School House Athletics Carnival.
Bass House came in second, McHaffie was third
and Sambell finished the day in fourth place.
Prep and Year 1 students enthusiastically par-
ticipated in a half day program of fun events in-
cluding sprinting, discus, a sack race relay, mini-
hurdles and rainbow tail throwing.
Year 2-4 students did their best at every running
event from 100m right through to 1500m as well
as a full program of field events.
Perfect conditions produced many outstanding
performances and 10 new school records were
• U8 Boys: Shot Put, Daniel Patch 13.8m; Long
Jump, Harvey Strachan 2.87m.
• U9 Boys: Long Jump, James O’Neill 3.18m;
High Jump, Nathan Patch 1.15m.
• U10 Girls: 1500m, Lara Smyth 6.39min; Long
Jump, Lily Debono 3.04m; 100m, Sophia Hun-
gerford 16.55sec; Shot Put, Lily Debono 6.72m.
• U10 Boys: Shot Put, Yianni Caffieri 7.89m;
Long Jump, Lucas Allen 3.34m.
In the final event of the day, Mr Gale, Mrs Mid-
dleton, Mr Frederick and Mrs Jackson claimed
victory in the annual teachers vs students relay.
Clarke house’s junior school captains Nathan
Patch and Sophia Hungerford accepted the win-
ning shield on behalf of their team mates at a spe-
They congratulated all students for trying their
best, and thanked their PE teacher Ms Marcelle
Krieg, Mr Arceo, the Year 9 leaders and all of the
parent volunteers for contributing to a great day.
Newhaven College PE teacher Marcelle Krieg congratulates Clarke captains Nathan Patch
and Sophia Hungerford for their House win in the Junior School Athletics Carnival for the
second consecutive year.
Synchronised sprinting: Benji Chihotski
(yellow - Clarke), Oliver Duggan (blue - Sam-
bell), Baylin Townsend (red - McHaffie) and
Max Toler (green - Bass) were in perfect sync
in the early stages of their 100m race. Benji
went on to win this heat.
Clarke grabs Gold
Bailey Dean (McHaffie) presented ribbons
to the girls Under 11 100m place getters.
First was Sophia Hungerford (Clarke), sec-
ond Grace Farmer (Clarke), third Chelsea Fox
and fourth Lily Debono.
A future long jump star in the making is
Grade 6 student Tom Garry. mm131717
Grade 6 student Maya Fraser took home
first place in the girls’ Championship Race.
Grade 4 student Will Chisholm participat-
ing in the high jump event at the House Ath-
letics on Wednesday. mm141717
On your marks, get set, go!
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